Hamilton Warplane Heritage Museum

by | Oct 27, 2015

It was a pleasant Autumn Sunday morning.  I had stopped for breakfast at the Sunnyside Grill in Stoney Creek before heading up the escarpment to the Hamilton Warplane Heritage Museum.

Atop the mountain it was a different story as there was a mean wind a blowing.  I was there for a photo trip organised by the good folks at Duncan & Wright with much appreciated support from Fujifilm.  Naturally I took my Fuji Cameras.  Before the tour I wondered around the store and took a few photos.

Our tour guide was Ian Holt who knew the history of every aircraft on display.

As we headed outside, we got a rare treat as the Avro Lancaster (affectionately known as Vera), was wheeled out for its Sunday morning flight.  Just before it took off there was a moment when it revved up the 4 Merlin engines – a sound to behold.

During the visit, I had a chance to talk to Elizabeth Courneya, one of the Museum’s many volunteers.  We exchanging a few stories from days gone by.  She said it was possible to book a ride in this famous old Lancaster. Something to add to my bucket list 🙂

 

Later, the photo group visited some of the aircraft parked outside the hanger.  One of interest was the Buffalo, a STOL Turbo-prop used by the UN.  There was a dedication to the “Buffalo Nine”, the crew and passengers of a Buffalo that was shot down by missiles fired over Syria in 1974.